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The Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Motor Vehicles is providing an extension on expiring vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses.

In an effort to reduce wait times at county DMV offices, noncommercial vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses that expire between September and December 2020, now have until Jan. 31, 2021, to renew.

In mid-October ITD implemented the fourth and largest phase of the state’s DMV modernization project, moving the vehicle registration and titling system from a 1980s mainframe to an updated computer program. Eight million records were integrated into a one-person, one-record system, linking each Idahoan’s registration and title information with their license.

According to ITD, the new system has temporarily slowed vehicle registration and title processing, and ITD is working to speed up transaction times.

COVID-19 social distancing measures with limited hours and appointment times also contribute to a backlog in service. ITD stated the extensions will allow customers more time to safely complete their business. “ITD is doing everything possible to reduce wait times,” according to the release, especially as temperatures drop this fall and winter.

Idahoans are also encouraged to renew their registration online, by mail, or use drop boxes at county offices.

DMV online services, including driver’s license and registration renewal, are available 24/7 at dmv.idaho.gov.

In Idaho County, the DMV office is located in the basement of the courthouse in Grangeville. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Due to COVID-19 precautions, a limited number of people are allowed in the office at one time, so staff advise patrons may at times experience significant delays.

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